Even though it is memior, writing a book is not easy. I have been working on mine, on and off, for the past couple of years. As mentioned in my previous post, it is pretty much written and is in the editing process. Today however, I came across a trove of forty-six year old letters (mostly from my dad and mom) during the period I write about in my book. I cannot ignore them if I want to be a good author! Therefore, I need to read each one and cull relevant tidbits about what was going on in that era, and how it might have impacted me. For example here is a cool little excerpt from my dad, in a letter to me dated December 28, 1972:
“We didn’t get any mail from you yesterday and I know we won’t get any today because the Post Offices are closed due to Truman’s funeral. The Federal Gov’t declared a day off for all Federal workers. You should get the day off also.”
Whether or not I got the day off on our ship I do not remember, but it is interesting that people who were born in the late 1800’s were dying around this time. Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States was born in 1884.
I also found two notes from my grandparents (my grandchildren’s great-great grandparents). There was nothing of interest for my book, but it was something to see their actual handwriting.
The next few weeks are a bust, as far as getting any work done, since leave for Cambodia early next week–So I have my work cut out for me when I return. Maybe my publishing date will be closer to fall of 2018?